Film event to honor French culture, early film pioneers

By Jason Middlebrooks

Television Suisse-Romande

South’s French film event is much more than showing a movie.

The campus’ Film and French clubs will join together and hold a film event 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 28 in the Recital Hall. It will honor not only film pioneers Georges Melies, Auguste Lumiere and Louis Lumiere but the French culture as a whole.

“La Societe Francophone (French club) is not just the celebration of the language,” French assistant professor Floreen Henry said. “It’s the French culture.”

Henry said the event also serves as a meet and greet for fans of French culture. On the film, Henry said academic affairs vice president Dana Grove will hold a “more academic discussion” on it.

Grove, who is a former film teacher, will lecture on Melies’ silent film Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon). It is considered one of the most influential films in cinematic history.

“It is an extraordinary early film,” he said. “It tells a story using techniques such as double exposure and closeups for the first time.”

Melies was inspired by the series of films shown in 1895 by the Lumieres, who invented the cinematograph.

“I think that people will gain a fair amount of appreciation for film,” fine arts instructor Martin Molina said. “Old films were shot like theater plays. Instead of putting [the viewer] in the scene, we were looking from the outside. It took a creative genius to morph it.”

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